All Jazzed Up


     Jazz – a form of music that Rahman has employed repeatedly in his career.. His first jazz song, as we all know, was Vennila Vennila from Iruvar. Interesting choice of singer, Asha Bhosle, who manages to capture the emotion behind the song. The song’s dominated by the trumpet, and there is evidence of Vairamuthu’s usual brilliance.. “Kanaa kanda kaatchigal kaiyil varuma?”

      Vaan Nila from Kadhal Virus is an unfairly overlooked, and one of Rahman’s most experimental songs. It is more of a blues song than jazz, I guess. Along with Karthik’s effortless singing, the sax and the piano carry the song forward. Amazing use of both instruments, really. Watch out for the sound of claps in between. How awesome would it be to see this song being performed live?

     Then came the title track of Jillinu..err Sillunu Oru Kadhal in 2006. A fun song..which had a couple of “meow”s thrown in too.

     Rahman came up with another jazzy track in 2007, but this time in Hindi. The title song of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na sung by Rahman himself, is the only song from the album I’m not tired of. Rahman’s voice totally suits the laidback mood of the song.

    More recently we have had the lovely I’ll be waiting from Jhootha Hi Sahi. The highlight of the song, for me, is Vijay Yesudas’ refreshing voice and singing.

I have no idea some of these have been picturized. I think it’s better left that way.

    My favourite, though, is the alternate version of Hey Goodbye Nanba – Nee mazhai in Aayitha Ezhuthu. It starts off with only the piano and drums, the background slowly picks up pace, and it finally reaches its peak with Karthik’s Nee Yaaro lines. I love Sunitha Sarathy’s husky voice. It’s perfect for this song.

   Rahman has proved his versatility and widened our horizon by exploring a different style of music. I only wish these songs were more popular.

   If there are other jazz songs by Rahman that come to your mind, do tell us.


@atlasdanced and @cornerd have pointed out to me that I have left out Hello Mr.Ethirkatchi. I don’t know how that happened.

Whenever I listen to this song, I am reminded of Aishwarya Rai in the green dress, dancing on stage. Like all the other songs I have mentioned above, in this song too, the piano plays a major role. The lyrics of the song voice what a young girl might be thinking. Harini’s girly and slightly squeaky voice works very well, doesn’t it?


5 thoughts on “All Jazzed Up

  1. Viswaram

    Good find…tat Vaan Nila song….Another song and I dont know for sure if it could be called a jazz or blue song….but still Smiyai song from Kandukondain……can vaguely remember a jazz feel to it……could be wrong and cant check and tell since am in a lab right now!!!!…:)


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